PBS NewsHour Weekend Previous Broadcasts

Opioid Alternative (Episode #658H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

The national epidemic of opioid abuse primarily caused by painkillers and heroin has claimed more than 300,000 American lives during the last 16 years. Some Americans addicted to opioids are turning to a plant called kratom to wean themselves off their addictions. Its leaves can be ground up and mixed with tea or juice or be turned into capsules, and it has been used for hundreds of years in Southeast Asia as a replacement for smoked opium. But U.S. federal drug policymakers may classify kratom as an illegal drug, slowing down its sale, research and development. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports on the science and the debate whether kratom may be a lifesaver or a danger?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Camp Bravo/London's Mayor (Episode #657H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Camp Bravo - A camp in Tucson, Arizona is serving about 20 homeless people, the majority of them U.S. military veterans, who have a place to find shelter, food and camaraderie that is safer than sleeping on the street. Camp Bravo, which began more than a year ago as a few tents, has grown in size and organization, with the land, water and electricity donated by local companies and the food, clothing and supplies collected from contributions made by the general public. Mitchell Riley from Arizona Public Media reports on the men and women who live at Camp Bravo. London's Mayor - Sadiq Khan worked as a lawyer focusing on human rights and as a member of British Parliament before he was elected seven months ago as the first Muslim mayor in London's history. He is also the first Muslim to lead any Western capital city. On Saturday, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent David Tereshchuk, who recently interviewed Khan for the PBS program "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, " has this profile.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Jailed Juveniles (Episode #656H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

The federal Justice Department counts 500,000 juveniles facing criminal charges, serving time, or on probation in the U.S., and every state still allows prosecutors to charge children as adults for certain crimes. But now all but two states have changed their laws to "raise the age" by which youth are processed as adults in criminal matters, partly because of a research on the high social costs and risks that come with arresting and detaining minors in adult jails and prisons. Ivette Feliciano reports on the debate over adult criminal responsibility in New York, one of two states that treats 16 and 17-year-olds as adults.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

Obamacare In Kentucky (Episode #655H)

KQED 9: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

President Obama's health insurance reform - the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare - brought insurance coverage to millions of low-income Americans through the expansion of the federal Medicaid program. But President-elect Donald Trump and Republican majorities in Congress have vowed to repeal the law, leaving questions about how it will be replaced. Foreshadowing the national debate to come, Chris Bury traveled to Kentucky, a state with one of the biggest drops in uninsured residents since Obamacare went into effect and with a Republican governor who promised to roll it back.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 6:00 PM

Episode #654H

KQED 9: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 5:30 PM

A massive manhunt is underway in Turkey for a gunman who opened fire on hundreds of people celebrating the New Year. Also, North Korean defectors who escaped to the south still face difficulties. Later, journalists and media outlets confront the questions raised by this year's election and plan for what comes next. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 6:00 PM
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